Saudi Arabia Current Affairs - 2020

30 Years Egypt Ruler Mohammed Hosni Mubarak passes away

On February 25, 2020, the Egypt ruler Mohammed Hosni Mubarak died at the age of 91. He was severely ill in the last months of his life.

He served as the President of Egypt between 1981 and 2011. Initially he served as an air force officer. It is to be noted that he undertook training in Soviet Union in 1961 at the Kant Air Base near Bishek.


Mubarak was ousted from his rule in 2011. He and his sons were detained on allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

In January 2011, wide protests began in Egypt demanding Mubarak’s resignation. Following the protest, he resigned in February. The Egyptian Military took over the power after his resignation.

Gulf War

At the Gulf war in 1991, Egyptian forces were the first to enter Saudi Arabia to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Under the command of Mohammed, Egypt took active participation at Gulf War.

The Gulf war was led by United States against invasion of Iraq to annex Kuwait. The war was code named Operation Desert shield.

WHO names the new Corona Virus: “COVID-19”

On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced a new name for the Corona Virus, “COVID-19”. Today more than 42,000 are infected with the virus according to the organization.


WHO has chosen the name with no reference to geographical location. According to WHO, the name was chosen in such away that it does not affect normal lives of a country.


MERS is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It is a deadly Corona Virus strain that was first reported in Saudi Arabia and created havoc in China greatly. However, the name of the virus has created a fact that there is something about the middle east region that causes MERS viral infection.


In 2009, swine flu created pandemic. It has now been renamed to H1N1 as its strain was similar to that of the influenza virus. The influenza virus is known to circulate among pigs. Though there was no evidence that H1N1 circulates in a similar way, it affected the sales of pork greatly that year. Therefore, it is important for WHO to choose the name of the viruses very carefully.